Maricopa Community Colleges  CIS120DB   20046-99999 

Official Course Description: MCCCD Approval: 2-24-2004

CIS120DB  2004 Fall – 2011 Summer II

L+L  3.0 Credit(s)  4.0 Period(s)  3.7  Occ

Computer Graphics: Adobe Illustrator

Provides students with the capability to use Adobe Illustrator graphics software on a computer. Basic foundation course in the use of electronic techniques to create, manipulate, and edit images, text, abstract art, graphics design, color graphics and business charts; determine file formats appropriate for web and print; utilize tools to optimize graphics and create a PDF file.

Prerequisites: None.

Cross-References: BPC120DB

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MCCCD Official Course Competencies:


CIS120DB  2004 Fall – 2011 Summer II

Computer Graphics: Adobe Illustrator



Use computer software to generate abstract art drawings, graphics designs, and images. (I)


Create computer graphics utilizing toolbox. (I)


Create and manipulate abstract art, graphic designs and images. (II)


Utilize Paint tools to create and edit colors. (II)


Adjust color saturations. (III)


Utilize Paintbrush tool using different brushes. (IV)


Create new brushes. (IV)


Transform objects. (V)


Create a graph. (V)


Format text. (VI)


Create a PDF file. (VI)


Create gradients. (VII)


Apply color to text, graphics, and images. (VII)


List printing devices. (VIII)


Publish to print. (VIII)


Explain web file formats. (IX)


Determine web safe colors. (IX)


Generate an image map. (IX)


Publish to the web. (IX)

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MCCCD Official Course Outline:


CIS120DB  2004 Fall – 2011 Summer II

Computer Graphics: Adobe Illustrator


I. Computer Imaging Toolbox

A. Toolbox

B. Palettes

C. Status Bar Messages

D. On-Line Help

E. Basic Shapes

F. Selection Tools

G. Paint Objects

H. Bounding Box View

I. Object Scaling

II. Painting Techniques and Tools

A. Colors

B. Color Palette

C. Color Saturation

D. Patterns, Gradients, and Brushes

III. Draw Tools

A. Straight Lines

B. Split Lines

C. End Path Segments

D. Curved Lines

IV. Brush Techniques

A. Paintbrush Tool to Draw with Differing Brush Types

B. Brush Color/Settings

C. New Brushes

D. Paths

V. Transform

A. Objects and Groups

B. Part Selection

C. Object Manipulation

D. Perspective

E. Transformations

F. Graphs

VI. Text

A. Paths

B. Containers

C. Attributes

D. Formatting

E. Wrapping

F. Masks

G. PDF File

H. Pathfinder

VII. Blends

A. Gradients

B. Color Gradients

C. Gradient Blends

D. Mesh Objects

VIII. Publishing to Print

A. Printing Devices

B. Printing Requirements

C. Color Principles

D. Color Separation

E. Two-Color Printing

F. Special Considerations for Print Output

IX. Publishing to the Web

A. File Formats

B. Web Safe Colors

C. Image Map


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